c.185 - c.254
Theologian in Alexandria
Origen was one of the most influential theologians of the early Greek church. He was the head of the Christian Catechetical School in Alexandria, but was opposed by the bishop of Alexandria.
Origin went to Palestine, where he finished his 'Hexapla', a great biblical synopsis of six versions of the Old Testament. Origen taught that the Bible offered differing levels of insight according to the varying capacities of men in their progress toward spiritual perfection.
During the persecution under the emperor Decius (250), he was imprisoned and tortured but survived for four more years.
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